Concern or worry.

With ever-changing rules being put into place that physically distance us from each other, there’s plenty of cause for worry.  Give way to anxieties.  Dwell on the negatives.  Worry easily begets worry, which can spiral downward.  Although worry is a natural place to slide into, I am choosing concern.  When I find myself slipping into worry, I choose concern.  To get involved.  This lifts me from worry.  One small example is knitting a lap blanket for the friend of a friend with a serious illness.  I prayed for the person as I knitted, and was rewarded by the smile and words of gratitude when the friend picked up the blanket.  Another example is that I wrote short notes and mailed them to some elderly friends who must feel very isolated right now.  As Jeanne Marie Laskas has written, “Isolation is a loneness that feels forced upon you like a punishment. Solitude is a loneness you choose and embrace. I think great things can come out of solitude; out of going to a place where all is quiet except the beating of your heart.” Let your heart be concerned and propel you to action.

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